We’ve been working on autonomous driving technology since 2009.
We set out on a challenge to drive autonomously over ten uninterrupted 100-mile routes in our Toyota Prius vehicles. Months later, we’d succeeded in driving more autonomous miles than had ever been driven before.
We added the Lexus RX450h to our fleet and invited some Google employees to start early testing of our technology on highways. We also started building our own sensors from the ground up.
We started focusing on complex environments, learning to navigate city streets with pedestrians, road work, traffic lights, and more.
We explored what fully autonomously driven cars could be with the Firefly. These cars had custom sensors, computers, steering, and braking, with no steering wheel or pedals.
That year, our friend Steven Mahan took the world’s first fully autonomous ride on public roads in Austin, TX. Steve is legally blind.
Waymo spins off under Alphabet as an autonomous driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to move around.
We partnered with FCA to add the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan to our fleet - our first vehicle built on a mass-production platform with a fully-integrated hardware suite designed by Waymo.
We invited residents in Phoenix, AZ to join us in the first public trial of autonomous vehicles operated by the Waymo Driver. Their feedback has been integral in helping shape our technology, service, and customer experience.
Our fully autonomous vehicles operated by the Waymo Driver begin test-driving on public roads without anyone in the driver’s seat.